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Internet services resumed in Xinjiang

05-14-2010 14:10 BJT

URUMQI, May 14 (Xinhua) -- Internet services were fully resumed in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Friday, 10 months after a riot in Urumqi on July 5, the regional government said.

The news came as a great relief for the region's 7 million Internet users, some of whom stayed up late in order to surf the net and send messages via QQ and MSN to their friends.

In a document released by its press office, Xinjiang's regional government said Internet services were "fully resumed," meaning netizens in Xinjiang were able to browse the web, chat online and put up postings again.

Resumption of Internet services was in line with maintaining stability and boosting social and economic development in Xinjiang, as well as the residents having access to information, the document said.

People in Xinjiang took the move as a sign of the government's confidence and increased social stability in the region.

"Now at last, life is normal again," said resident Zhou Bing.

The regional government has expressed appreciation for the netizens' understanding and support when Internet connection, international long-distance calls and mobile phone text messages were cut in some areas of Xinjiang after the July 5 riot.

Disruption of communication was aimed at cracking down on the riot quickly and prevent violence from happening again, as the riot was believed to have been orchestrated by separatists via the Internet, text message and long-distance telephone calls.

Resumption of Internet services in Xinjiang has been a gradual process. Access to two leading news websites, xinhuanet.com and people.com.cn, was restored in December, followed by access to another two portal websites, sina.com.cn and sohu.com, on Jan. 10.

Email services were resumed in March. International long-distance calls and mobile texting services have also been resumed gradually.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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